Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks on Friday while unveiling his "Opportunity Zone" economic plan in front of the Michigan Central Station, an abandoned train depot in Detroit.

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain campaigns on Oct. 15 in Cookeville, Tenn.

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Caterpillar products produced in Illinois, like the ones shown above, will be able to be exported to South Korea, Colombia and Panama duty free if Congress passes trade agreements with those countries on Wednesday. Obama says the agreements will provide a major boost to U.S. exports and support tens of thousands of jobs.

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Streets in Schoharie, N.Y., are lined with storm debris and damaged furniture after Tropical Storm Irene hit in late August. Like dozens of counties across the country, Schoharie faces high costs to repair its infrastructure, putting a strain on FEMA's budget.

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Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant used to produce SUVs. Now it churns out the Ford Focus, with help from a federal loan program. House Republicans are looking to cut funding for the program to offset money for disaster relief. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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